Goldson plans to work with tackling guru Bobby Hosea, owner of Train 'Em Up Academy, this offseason in hopes of adjusting to the new world of player safety.
"I said this canít be cool because every time I hit somebody Iím getting a fine," Goldson said. "At that point, I realized I have to figure something out."
Sure, it seems like Goldson is exaggerating when he says ďevery time.Ē From his point of view, it must seem that way.
Hosea, who played at UCLA, coached Goldson in Pop Warner football, and developed tackling techniques to prevent injuries to the hitter and recipient. Hosea believes by returning to basics, Goldson can still be a fearsome tackler, but without the numerous fines.
"When we get together, weíre going to break it down," Hosea said. "Weíre going to do film study on tackling, and weíre going to look at all these flags, and weíre going to break it down. Dashon was the best tackler youíve ever seen in high school Ö something happened in the last couple of years when he started dropping his hat. I havenít seen all of them [illegal hits]. I saw a couple.
"Guys are going to have to respect me if they come across that middle, regardless," Goldson said. "I will have to deal with the rest of that stuff afterwards. At the same time, you got to be smart about it. Iím going to continue to be a hard hitter. I donít know if that can ever be taken away from you. They can fine me all they want and put me out there to look bad, but as long as Iím playing football in the NFL, Iím going to give a team what I have, which is trying to win a game every week."